Pre-doc Research Assistant - Italy Education Project

PIs: Sule Alan (Bocconi University), Michela Carlana (Harvard Kennedy School), Eliana La Ferrara (Bocconi University), Marinella Leone (University of Pavia)

We are looking for a pre-doc research assistant working on the evaluation of two education-related projects in Italy: “Fostering Social Skills in Ethnic Diversity Through Inclusive Classroom Practices” and “TOP-Tutoring Online Project”. The contract is for 12 months. Good social and quantitative skills and knowledge of Italian are required. The position is funded by J-PAL European Social Inclusion Initiative and Cariplo Foundation.

Start date: by September 1.


• Oversee and coordinate baseline and endline research activities for the project TOP

• Clean and manage datasets

• Conduct statistical analyses of data using Stata and R

• Web scraping in python and website development

• Prepare literature reviews, background research, and other draft content for grant proposals, academic papers, project reports.



• Bachelors or Masters in Economics, Public Policy, or related field requiring substantial

quantitative coursework

• Strong academic record

• Strong interest in public policy and education economics research

• Knowledge of randomized control trials

• Strong Italian and English oral and written communication skills

• Excellent command of Microsoft Office suite (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)

• Proficiency programming in Stata


• Graduate-level coursework in Economics and Econometrics

• Prior experience on field research projects and RA work

• Proficiency programming in R and JAVA/Python

How to Apply

• Send an email to following these instructions:

• In the subject line, put “TOP/DESS predoc – followed by your first and last name” (e.g.,

“TOP/DESS predoc – Silvia Rossi”).

• Attach the following documents:

  1. Cover letter (one page max)

  2. CV

  3. List of two references

  4. Stata do file you wrote for your dissertation/course/RA work

• Few selected candidates will be required to complete a Stata test.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for an interview.